Project Summary

You can change the lives of local artists & poets by turning regular buses into 100 art galleries! Not only that, you can impact every commuter who rides a Muni Art bus. That’s 750,000 people!

Project Description

Do you ever ride a bus, look at all the ads and think what if all that space could be art? What if a bus was an art gallery and everyone, no matter where they live, could experience the magic of art every day?

Studies have shown that art has a positive impact on people because it reaches a part of the brain that makes us feel better and when we feel better we do better. Imagine if we could make a busload of people feel better on their way to work or on their way home and at the same time, change the lives of local artists and poets. That’s what Muni Art does and you can make that happen. 

In 2018, Muni Art celebrates it’s third amazing year by adding five poets! This year San Francisco Beautiful, the Poetry Society of America (sponsors of Poetry in Motion®), the SFMTA and Supervisor London Breed, will transform ordinary buses into art galleries and for the first time local poets will be included. The 100 Muni Art buses will showcase this year’s theme, “The Art of Poetry in San Francisco”. Your contribution of $100 buys 10 panels- that’s a full bus! 

But that’s not all. If you contribute $100 you will receive up to ten panels of your choice at the end of the program. Just let us know which panels you want. That’s ten panels of original, one of a kind art!

Project Budget

Art Panels - 500 @ $10 each $5,000

A Sampling of This Year's Artwork

Monica Tiulescu - Teens of San Francisco (watch Monica's interview)

Teens of San Francisco is a series of portrait paintings representing San Francisco public school teenagers. Each student held a sign indicating the neighborhood in which they live. The paintings explore the concept of fluctuation between figuration and dis-figuration.


Lillian Shanahan - Bit by Bit (watch Lillian's interview)

Bit by Bit is a testament to the small things in life. Every tiny aspect of a neighborhood contributes to it’s overall identity. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the small things that have a huge impact, for instance, classes at City College.


Luis Pinto - Las Historias de San Francisco (watch Luis's interview)

Las Historias de San Francisco revolves around a variable topography that enables unique cultural exchange. Creating vector illustrations of some of the more diverse yet common storefronts of San Francisco. These locations serve as an emerging connective tissue for the locals and visitors of San Francisco to engage in a new kind of visual network tying architecture to cultural experience and memory.


Counterpoint Studio - City Walks: A collaboration between Lisa Levine and Peter Tonningsen (watch Counterpoint's interview)

City Walks is a series of intricately layered images created using our unique collaborative multiple-exposure photographic process intended to celebrate the vibrancy, diversity, and allure of various San Francisco neighborhoods.


Todd Kurnat - Sight Seeing: San Francisco Edition (watch Todd's interview)

Sight Seeing showcases a small slice of San Francisco’s diverse wildlife through ink and paint drawings over maps of the neighborhood where they are commonly found. Often overlooked but equally important to our community, this series of portraits is a celebration of all that is wild and free throughout our fair city.

2018 Call For Artists

Are you an artist interested in submitting work for Muni Art 2018? Make sure and subscribe to our email updates on the program! Click here for Muni Art updates.

About San Francisco Beautiful

Since 1947, San Francisco Beautiful, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, has been instrumental in preserving citywide and neighborhood character, and creating and delivering community-centered, artistic, public benefit projects. Best known for saving the Cable Cars, San Francisco Beautiful is a trusted partner to the city’s diverse neighborhood communities and the only organization in San Francisco that brings community based organizations together with regional government, philanthropic, and business sectors to improve and artistically beautify the public realm. We count on and efficiently leverage public, private, and philanthropic funds, volunteers, and in-kind contributions that enable us to continue to keep San Francisco beautiful.

All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Tax ID 94-6106011. For more information visit

Join Us In This Effort

This project, which is a first for San Francisco, breaks down every barrier to traditional fine art galleries by enabling every Muni rider to encounter a real art gallery just by getting on a bus. “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Your investment says that you are committed to not only helping local artists and poets but also giving the gallery experience to everybody by turning an ordinary bus commute into a beautiful inspirational experience. 

Invest with us today and bring the beauty of art to everyone. As Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”



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